New York Times, Escapes
December 27, 2002
By Anna Bahney
On New Year's Eve, fireworks will illuminate a five-mile-wide stretch above the strip of neon lights already beaming up from the desert. 'America's Party: Las Vegas New Year 2003' features an eight-minute parade of pyrotechnics set to music and launched from 10 locations. Four miles of Las Vegas Boulevard will be restricted to pedestrians. Fremont Street Experience (an every-eve-is-New-Year's light show) will add fireworks to its program, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy will play. Dozens of bars and casinos around the city will also have music and dancing. Among those scheduled to perform are Sugar Ray, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Huey Lewis and the News, Grandmaster Flash, Hall & Oates, Sheryl Crow and the eternal Wayne Newton. Information: www.vegas.com. (Below are travel and hotel deals that were available yesterday. Air fares are for arrival on Dec. 30 and departure on Jan. 2. Hotel rates, available through www.orbitz.com, are for double occupancy.)
GETTING THEREFrom New York: $355 (Jet Blue). From Los Angeles: $158 (Hawaiian Airlines/American). From Phoenix: $270 (America West).
WHERE TO STAYJackie Gaughan's Plaza Hotel/Casino, $90, (800-634-6575). Caesars Palace, $339, (877-427-7243).